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Australians Born in January

January's Australian birthdays include the Aussie aviator who received the Distinguished Flying Cross from US President Hoover in 1932 and offered US citizenship but turned it down. It's a way to remember those no loner with us too. They include:

  • 19 Jan 1849 Edmund Barton
    1st Prime Minister of Australia, Australian Protectionist Party
  • 22 Jan 1960 Michael Hutchence
    Australian musician, founding member of rock band INXS
  • 27 Jan 1903 John Eccles
    Australian neurophysiologist, 1963 Nobel Prize in Medicine
  • 29 Jan 1943 Molly Meldrum
    Australian music critic, journalist, producer (Countdown)

See all the January Birthdays

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Australian Spirit

We receive questions all the time from our overseas visitors about being an Aussie. So in honour of the Australia Day holiday, we thought you might enjoy this blog repeat . . .

I Am Australian is one of the most loved songs in Australia. It talks about all the different kinds of people we are, from many lands, from the past to the present ... all are Australian.

I will try in my own words to explain what I believe the last stanza of the song is saying. The words "this great land" means our country, Australia. That stanza is talking about all the things that make us Australian.

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2017 Country Music Awards

The 2017 Country Music Awards Ceremony is part of the Tamworth Country Music Festival. The 45th Golden Guitar Awards will take place on 28 January 2017 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Convention Centre.
  Over 40 years of Golden Guitar winners.

The Festival runs from the 15th to 28th of January 2017. Largest music festival in the southern hemisphere, with over 2,800 events and 700 artists performing. Toyota Country Music Festival website



For example "I'm the drought and flooding rains" is speaking about the hardships we face in the past and today. Overcoming hardships makes us strong.

"I'm the mountains and the valleys" is speaking about the beauty of our country. "I'm the black soil of the plains" describes the rich soil where we grow our crops. "I am the rock, I am the sky" means we are part of everything in our great land.

We talk with pride about Aussie "battlers". They are people who struggle to pay their bills and feed their families. They work hard at their jobs, but still struggle.

They have the "spirit" the poem talks about ... to keep trying and never give up when you know there will always be problems to face. That's why Aussies make so many jokes. It's part of our spirit to find humour in our problems. It helps us face and overcome them.

Every country has a spirit. It's developed from the way people lived and struggled to build that country. It shapes the way you think today and the way you act with other people. It's what I believe makes us Aussies.

So crack a tinny and throw a shrimp on the barbie. Yes, yes, I know that's so wrong, but it's what the tourists expect. And come celebrate Australia Day.

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Australian Of The Year 2017

The announcement of the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards will be held on the lawns outside Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 25 January 2017.

Since 1960 the Australian of the Year Award recognises people who inspire us through their achievements to be better, do better. They challenge us to contribute in our own way to making Australia and the world a better place.

National Finalists for 2017

  • New South Wales - Deng Adut
    Child soldier turned successful Lawyer
  • Victoria - Paris Aristotle AM
    Refugee, torture and trauma rehabilitation advocate
  • Queensland - Prof. Alan Mackay-Sim
    Biomedical scientist treating spinal cord injuries
  • Western Australia - Andrew Forrest
    Businessman, philanthropist and anti-slavery advocate
  • South Australia - Kate Swaffer
    Author and advocate for living beyond dementia
  • Tasmania - Rosalie Martin
    Speech pathologist working to rehabilitate people in the Justice System
  • ACT - Alan Tongue
    NRL champion turned youth mentor and educator
  • Northern Territory - Andrea Mason
    Indigenous leader and business woman of the year (2016)

  See our 50 years of Australian of the Year Awards

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Australian Ugg Boots

Funny, we thought only an Aussie could love our Ugg boots. Now that some celebrities have turned our ugly boots into a fashion statement, they've become a hit around the world.

Ugly? Well, yes, that's why we call them Ugg boots ... short for ugly. Fair dinkum.

The boot was originally created for warmth and comfort. It's basically a sheepskin turned inside out and made into a boot. Most people wear them barefoot. Ugg boots are like your favourite pair of sneakers. They may be old and grungy, but you can't bear to throw them out. Some people are so fond of their boots that they wear them until they fall apart.

However, today this Aussie icon is in danger of becoming lost.

What's All the Fuss About?

An Australian surfer, Brian Smith, started a small Australian footwear company called Ugg Holdings in California in the 1970s and trademarked the term Ugg, as well as variations such as ug, ugh and so on. Those USA trademarks are what all the fuss is about.

In 1995 Deckers Outdoor bought Ugg Holdings and now own the Ugg trademarks and believe that anyone selling boots and calling them Ugg are in trademark violation.

That's News to the Aussies.

Aussies have been making and selling Ugg boots since at least the 1950s and some say as early as World War I.

So why didn't anyone trademark the name? Why would we? No one trademarked the name sneakers. In Australia Ugg is the same thing. A generic term for your basic very ugly boot.

Very Big Bickies!

No one much cared until the Ugg boot craze hit America. Prices soared and it was a fashion must-have. Our lowly Ugg boot is now selling overseas for well over US$ 300 a pair. Deckers Outdoor estimates they sold over 45 million US dollars worth in 1994. And they have plans to expand the market into Ugg handbags and other leather items. Very big bickies indeed!

That's why Deckers Outdoor is fighting to prevent Aussies and others from selling Ugg boots anywhere especially on the Internet. So far they're winning.

We'd hate to see another Aussie icon lost.

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